Tag Archives: Wading Birds

Follow The Leader

The sun was going down behind me as I looped back by the pond where I had photographed the Mottled Duck pair andĀ Tricolored Heron.

I took some landscape images and then realized the ducks and heron were still there, in the tall grass.

Pond, Sun's Last Rays
Pond, Sun’s Last Rays

The Tricolored Heron started working his way back out into the open.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair

And the ducks followed him.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair

The heron continued to wade and the ducks swam behind, all in a row.

Tricolored Heron and Mottled Duck Pair
Tricolored Heron followed by Mottled Duck Pair

Tricolored Heron in Pond

Just a few feet away from theĀ Mottled Ducks of my last post a Tricolored Heron was standing around.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He poked the water a few times and made some ripples but he didn’t seem to be actively fishing.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

He settled in and I moved on.

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

A wider view of the pond and the wildlife:

Mottled Duck Pair and Tricolored Heron
Mottled Duck Pair and Tricolored Heron

Baily Tract, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
January 6, 2020

Reddish Egret Fishing Moves

Like most wading birds the Reddish Egret can spend a lot of time standing around. But when they are ready to hunt, look out!

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

They use their whole body: running, raising their wings, jumping in the air, and bam!

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

He got a little fish for dinner.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Then it starts again.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Hopefully some of his catch will be bigger, otherwise he would never be able to eat enough to support all this exercise.

Reddish Egret
Reddish Egret

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
December 31, 2019

GBH Stick Run

A few pairs of Great Blue Herons are hard a work building nests at Ravenswood Pond. This male, identified by behavior as the female almost always stays at the nest to receive and organize the sticks, brought material from all around the pond.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

On this trip he headed to the pond edge closest to the nest, which happens to have the walking trail where I was standing.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

He swooped in under a Spanish Moss covered tree.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

December 17, 2019